The following are confirmed presenters for the
NASEO 2016 Annual Meeting:
Business Integration Manager, Bosch
Based in Bosch Thermotechnology’s North American headquarters in Londonderry, New Hampshire, Heather Anderson serves as the Business Development Manager and Chief of Staff to the North American President. Bosch Thermotechnology is a leading source of high quality heating, cooling, and hot water systems committed to reinventing energy efficiency and is a part of the Bosch Group. Ms. Anderson is responsible for developing and executing business strategy.
Previously, she served as Business Integration Manager where she directed the postmerger activities of Bosch Thermotechnology in North America. She joined Bosch in January of 2010 as Sales Operations Manager.
Prior to Bosch, she worked in various local government and non-profit leadership roles focusing on building consensus amongst different stakeholder groups to achieve innovative policy and programming results.
Ms. Anderson earned a Master’s degree in Business Administration at Southern New Hampshire University and holds a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Political Science from Tufts University.
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Energy Assurance Program Manager, Georgia Environmental Finance Authority
Kris Anderson has been a program manager with the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA), which is the state’s energy office, since 2010. Mr. Anderson's responsibilities at GEFA include managing the state’s energy savings performance contracting program, leading the state’s energy emergency planning and response team, and working on energy policy analysis and recommendations for state leaders. Prior to joining GEFA, he was a planner and worked on a range of planning and management programs for federal and energy industry clients. He currently serves on the board of the Technology Association of Georgia Smart Energy Society, the Georgia Wind Working Group Steering Committee, and the Atlanta Chapter of the Wisconsin Alumni Association board of directors. Mr. Anderson has a masters of city and regional planning degree from Georgia Tech, an undergraduate degree in geography from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and a Professional Energy Management diploma from North Carolina State University.
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Principal, The Weidt Group
Chris Baker, a Principal at The Weidt Group, works on commercial new construction utility DSM programs, benchmarking existing buildings, and developing efficiency analysis software.
Mr. Baker received an MBA from the University of Minnesota, and a Bachelor of Architecture and Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering from the University of Kansas. He is a Registered Architect, a Professional Engineer, a LEED Accredited Professional, an ASHRAE certified Building Energy Modeling Professional and Building Energy Assessment Professional.
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Executive Advisor, Kentucky Department for Energy Development and Independence
John Rick Bender recently joined the energy team of Secretary Charles Snavely as Executive Advisor for the Department of Energy Development and Independence (“DEDI”) under the Energy and Environment Cabinet. Before coming to DEDI he was part of the executive management team at BlackRidge Resources Partners LLC as Vice President of Land and Administration where he oversaw leasing and land acquisition, rights-of-way and easements, title and regulatory compliance, and general office administration. Prior to joining BlackRidge, Mr. Bender served as Vice President – Land at Magnum Hunter Production, Inc. and its predecessor NGAS Production Co. from November 2007 to October 2011. For the previous twelve years, Mr. Bender was the Director of the Division of Oil and Gas at the Kentucky Department for Natural Resources. During his tenure as Director, he served as the Governor’s Representative to the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission. He also served on the STRONGER Board of Directors. Before joining the Division of Oil and Gas, Mr. Bender worked in the oil and gas sector, both public and private, for ten years. He is a registered professional geologist, a member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists and a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers. Mr. Bender holds a B.S. degree in geology from the University of Kentucky.
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Vice President, Wexler Walker, Advisor, National Hydropower Association
Rebecca (“Becky”) Blood uses her more than 30 years of experience working in and before the legislative and executive branches of government to represent the energy and environmental interests of electric utilities, energy technology companies, renewable energy trade associations as well as municipalities.
At Wexler | Walker, Ms. Blood provides policy support to several energy company clients and oversees the policy and recruitment needs of two major energy coalitions. She is currently helping firm clients develop and execute strategies to influence state and regional decision-makers involved in setting energy and air quality mandates.
Prior to joining Wexler | Walker, she served as Vice President at a small clean energy policy firm representing energy efficiency, demand response/smart grid and renewable energy clients.
She has served as a senior policy advisor for the American Public Power Association, Ohio Governor Richard F. Celeste, and as a legislative aide to U.S. Representative Phil Sharp (D-IN) and U.S. Senator Carl Levin (D-MI).
She graduated with a BA in Political Science from Michigan State University and a MPA in Public Administration from George Washington University. Becky graduated high school as a class valedictorian.
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National Clean Cities Co-Director, U.S. Department of Energy
Linda Bluestein is the National Clean Cities Co-Director and has served in this position since 2008. She works at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) headquarters on day-to-day management of the Clean Cities program, leads efforts to strengthen local partnerships and coalitions, and helps plan funding activities. Bluestein spearheads plug-in vehicle efforts for Clean Cities and works extensively to educate communities on alternative transportation technologies through educational events, webinars, and online tools. She also leads cross-collaboration efforts and events to help communities prepare for the local introduction of new transportation technologies. In addition, she assists the director of DOE's Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO) with developing analysis and recommendations for the White House and DOE management.
Previously, Bluestein was VTO's regulatory manager for Energy Policy Act (EPAct) fleet requirements. She worked on compliance, enforcement, and writing regulations for the EPAct State and Alternative Fuel Provider Fleet Program. She also worked with national laboratories to evaluate the environmental and energy security benefits of fuels under the Alternative Fuel Transportation Program. In addition, Bluestein worked closely with the VTO program manager and the Office of the Assistant Secretary on suggesting legislative changes to proposed energy bills.
Before government service, Bluestein consulted VTO managers on fuel and vehicle programs. In this capacity, she worked with DOE to establish the first National Alternative Fuels Hotline, the Clean Cities Hotline, and worked with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory on the Alternative Fuels Data Center.
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Executive Director, Harvard Electricity Policy Group, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
Ashley Brown is the Executive Director of the Harvard Electricity Policy Group (HEPG), a program of the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. HEPG provides a forum for the discussion and analysis of electricity issues in the United States.
From 1983-1993, he served as Commissioner of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, appointed twice by Governor Richard F. Celeste. Prior to his appointment, he was the coordinator and counsel for the Montgomery County [Ohio] Fair Housing Center, managing attorney for the Legal Aid Society of Dayton, Inc. and legal advisor to the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission, also in Dayton.
Mr. Brown has specialized in litigation in federal and state courts and before administrative bodies. He has taught in public schools and universities, frequently lectures at universities and conferences throughout the world, and publishes articles on subjects of interest to American and foreign electricity sectors.
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State Energy Office Manager, Energy Efficiency and Operations, Minnesota Department of Commerce
Ms. Burdette is responsible for the regulation of over 180 natural gas and electric utility efficiency programs to ensure achievement of the 1.5% energy efficiency resource standard through the Conservation Improvement Program (CIP). She oversees policy development related to demand-side efficiency, supply-side efficiency and combined-heat and power under the EERS. Ms. Burdette also has oversight of public sector energy efficiency and conservation programs including B3 Benchmarking, Sustainable Buildings 2030 Guidelines, Guaranteed Energy Savings Program, Local Government Energy Efficiency Programs. She accountable for over $250 million in federal, state and utility spending for various regulatory, policy and programmatic activities. Ms. Burdette is an Iowa State University alumni.
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Dr. Caitlin Callaghan
Chemical Engineer, Transmission Permitting and Technical Assistance Division, Office of Electricity , U.S. Department of Energy
Caitlin Callaghan is a Chemical Engineer with the Transmission Planning and Technical Assistance Division (TPTA) of the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE) at the U.S. Department of Energy. In this capacity, Dr. Callaghan leads OE's energy-water nexus efforts, provides expertise regarding environmental aspects of the electricity system, and is the Program Lead for OE's Electricity Policy Technical Assistance Program. Dr. Callaghan also serves as a technical expert leading OE's effort to monitor environmental regulations and their compliance for potential impacts on the reliability of the electricity system. She also supports environmental and historic resource review of proposed cross-border international transmission facilities and is a member of the DOE Grid Tech Team, which focuses on both technological and institutional aspects of grid modernization, and the DOE Water-Energy Tech Team, which focuses on cross-cutting energy-water nexus issues in the energy sector. Dr. Callaghan received her BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of New Hampshire, her MS and PhD in Chemical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Dr. Callaghan also holds a JD and Masters in Environmental Law and Policy from Vermont Law School.
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Director of Community Development, Oklahoma Department of Commerce
Vaughn Clark currently serves as the Director of Community Development at the Oklahoma Department of Commerce. His responsibilities include supervision and oversight of the planning and implementation of several federal and state programs administered by the department. Previous to this assignment, Clark began his affiliation with the department in 1994 as a planner responsible for the preparation of the state’s Consolidated Plan.
From 1981-1994, Clark served as Administrative Assistant for District Affairs for U. S. Congressman Dave McCurdy. Primarily, Clark directed the Congressman’s activities in the state, managed his field operations, supervised constituent service delivery, and acted as liaison with the Washington, D. C. staff. Following his graduation from the University of Oklahoma, Clark served as Press Secretary and Legislative Assistant for U. S. Congressman Tom Steed in Washington, D. C. from 1971-1980.
Active in several national associations, Clark is currently the Vice Chair of the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO); is the immediate past chair of the National Association of State Community Service Programs (NASCSP); and is a member of the State Energy Advisory Board (STEAB) for the U. S. Department of Energy.
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Senior Technical Advisor and Lead Regional Coordinator, NASEO
Chuck Clinton currently serves as Senior Advisor and Regional Coordinator for the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO). His twenty-nine year career (1978-2007) as director of the DC Energy Office (DCEO) not only enabled him to build up a comprehensive energy program for the nation's capital, but also provided him a unique opportunity to serve as a leader of national organizations representing both state and local governments. Mr. Clinton served as chairman of the Conference of Local Energy Officials (CLEO), a component of the National League of Cities (NLC), as well as a long time board member of the Urban Consortium Energy Task Force; he served many terms as a board member of NASEO, in addition to being its original treasurer. Mr. Clinton also served many years as chair of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (WashCOG) Energy Policy Advisory Committee (EPAC).
His academic credentials include the Program for Senior State and Local Government Officials at the Harvard John F. Kennedy School of Government, and BA degrees from the Catholic University of America, Washington, DC and Borromeo College, Cleveland, OH.
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Principal, Regulatory Assistance Project
Kenneth A. (Ken) Colburn joined RAP in early 2011. RAP is a non-profit made up of veteran utility and environmental regulators providing technical and policy assistance to public utility commissions and regulatory agencies throughout the U.S., China, the EU, and India. Mr. Colburn advises energy and environmental regulators and other parties on air quality and climate related issues and opportunities associated with regulatory compliance, energy efficiency, renewable energy, distributed generation, integrated resource planning and other energy policy matters.
Mr. Colburn came to RAP from Symbiotic Strategies, where he led several state climate planning processes and provided strategic assistance to foundations, progressive companies, and non-governmental organizations in their efforts to address climate and energy issues. Previously Colburn was Executive Director of the Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management (NESCAUM) and led the Air Resources Division of the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES), helping to make that state a leader in reducing air pollution with the nation’s first “4-pollutant” law and the first greenhouse gas emissions reduction registry law. Before joining NHDES, Colburn was Vice President of Energy and Environmental Policy at the Business & Industry Association of New Hampshire (BIA), representing the state’s business community on environmental, energy, and telecommunications matters in legislative and regulatory forums.
He holds a B.S. in Mathematics from M.I.T. and M.B.A. and M.Ed. degrees from the University of New Hampshire. He serves on the Board of the New Hampshire Electric Cooperative, the National Association of Rural Electric Cooperatives (NRECA), and several non-profit organizations.
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Director of Policy, Center for Sustainable Energy
Sachu Constantine brings to his role as director of policy twenty years of experience managing and implementing complex clean energy projects and programs. Mr. Constantine joined CSE from SunPower Corporation, a multinational, vertically integrated solar PV manufacturer where he was responsible for strategic partnerships and public policy.
As Director of Policy, Mr. Constantine is striving to make the broad experience and expertise of the CSE policy team an integral part of CSE’s strategic planning and project implementation.
He has a B.A. degree in international affairs from the University of Colorado, Boulder and a master's in public policy with a focus on energy from the University of California, Berkeley, Goldman School of Public Policy.
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General James Conway
34th Commandant, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret.), Co-Chair, Energy Security Leadership Council
General James Conway is a retired four-star general and the 34th Commandant of the United States Marine Corps. One of the nation’s most highly-decorated Marine generals, he has led troops all over the world and has earned an impressive record of military achievement.
General Conway began his military career as an infantry officer in 1970, with his first assignment being command of a rifle platoon with 3rd Battalion 1st Marines out of Camp Pendleton. He later served as Marine executive officer aboard the USS Kitty Hawk. He graduated with honors from the Army’s Infantry Officers Advanced Course. As a field grade officer, he commanded two companies of students, teaching tactics at the Basic School, where marines learn the art and science of being an officer. He then served overseas in Lebanon.
Once Conway returned to the U.S. in 1984, he served two years as the senior aide to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He graduated from Marine Corps Command and Staff College with honors and took command of 3rd Battalion 2nd Marines during the Gulf War.
In 1995, he was promoted to brigadier general and again assigned to the Joint Chiefs. There he acted as the deputy director of operations J-3 for combating terrorism. After becoming president, Marine Corps University at Quantico, Virginia, he was promoted to major general. He then served as commander of the 1st Marine Division and as deputy commanding general of Marine Forces Central. In 2002, he was promoted to lieutenant general.
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Principal, Solar Grid Storage
Mr. Cook is a Principal with Solar Grid Storage and was most recently Vice-President, New Markets for the storage team at SunEdison. In January 2015, SunEdison acquired the pipeline of Solar Grid Storage, a company Mr. Cook founded to focus on the use of financed battery storage to enhance the value of solar power on electric grids. At Solar Grid Storage, Mr. Cook served as President and General Counsel.
Mr. Cook was a co-founder of SunEdison where he served as the Company’s first General Counsel and wrote the first company solar power purchase agreement (PPA) that became the model contract for the solar industry. Mr. Cook led the regulatory and policy team at SunEdison that helped establish the early programs in most of the leading solar states. He left SunEdison in 2008 with another founder to start SunWorks, a company focused on developing solar module manufacturing based in the US.
As principal consultant with E3 Energy Services, Mr. Cook, advised the New Jersey utility regulator and was the architect of the landmark NJ solar program which grew the State’s installed solar capacity from 1 megawatt to over 1 gigawatt. He was instrumental in creating the SREC program in NJ and technical standards that allow solar and small generators to interconnect with the electric grid. He is considered by many to be a leading national expert on net metering. Mr. Cook provided consultation to municipalities on purchasing competitive electricity supply and structured wholesale deals worth nearly $100 million. Prior to starting his consulting company, Mr. Cook was Assistant Counsel with the Maryland People’s Counsel and Assistant Director of Energy Policy at the Maryland Energy Administration. He started his career as an electric utility distribution engineer.
Mr. Cook is a member of the Bar of Maryland and a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Interstate Renewable Energy Council and received awards from the Governor of Maryland and the US Department of Energy for outstanding service in promoting solar energy use.
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Public Sector Program Manager, US EPA's ENERGY STAR Commercial Buildings Program
Leslie Cook is a Public Sector Program Manager with the US EPA's ENERGY STAR Commercial Buildings program and works with state and local governments to protect the climate through increased energy efficiency in new and existing buildings. Ms. Cook has a BA in Environmental Studies from Marietta College and a Master's in Environmental Science and sustainable buildings from Miami University. Prior to her time with ENERGY STAR, she spent a year working with the EPA Green Building Workgroup as a National Environmental Management Studies Fellow.
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Principal and Owner, Corneil Collaborative
Janne Corneil is a planning and urban design consultant with over 20 years experience developing campus master plans, research parks, innovation districts, and downtown revitalization plans. As a principal at Sasaki Associates for 10 years, Ms. Corneil was the design lead on master plans for University of Calgary, the University of Texas at Austin, Portland State University, and Downtown Rochester, Minnesota to name a few.
Her background combines several years of urban design and architectural experience, both in the U.S. and abroad. Her broad range of experience working with public, institutional, community, and private clients strengthens her ability to navigate the cultural differences between universities, cities, and private stakeholders.
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Chief Program Officer, Elevate Energy
For over 20 years, Abigail Corso has been working to bridge the gap between great ideas and functioning programs. She’s an adept business planner and program designer, an engineer with an MBA, and someone who has made a career out of solving tough problems. In her current role at Elevate Energy, she focuses on providing technical and business planning assistance to organizations establishing energy efficiency programs.
Ms. Corso is experienced in program design and development of energy efficiency initiatives for both residential and commercial/industrial sectors. Specifically, she was involved in developing the Michigan Saves residential loan program and a residential on-bill financing program for Racine, Wisconsin. Additionally, she combined her sustainable purchasing and energy expertise to work with local partners in Madison to design a solar PV bulk purchasing program for residential customers.
As part of her commercial/industrial experience, she has developed energy and waste audit and retrofit programs for broad range of commercial and industrial building types as a strategy to promote energy reduction and pollution prevention. Specifically, she piloted industrial process mapping methods that help manufacturing companies reduce use of hazardous materials while improving energy and water savings.
Ms. Corso is a registered Professional Engineer has a MBA from Stern School of Business at NYU and a BS in Civil Engineering from Drexel University.
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Former Deputy Commissioner, Kentucky Department for Energy Development and Independence
Mr. John Davies served as Deputy Commissioner within the Kentucky Department for Energy Development and Independence. Prior to this appointment he served as the department’s director for the Division of Energy Efficiency and Conservation. Mr. Davies has managed energy efficiency and renewable energy programs for the Commonwealth since 2000. He has served as board member for the Kentucky Clean Fuels Coalition, the Southern States Energy Board Biobased Alliance, the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance and is an ex-officio member on the Kentucky Farm Bureau’s Energy and Transportation Advisory Committee. Mr. Davies also serves as board secretary to the U.S. Department of Energy State Energy Advisory Board.
Prior to joining the department he was employed by Ferrellgas, Inc. as an Area Manager for Kentucky, Tennessee and West Virginia. Mr. Davies is a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel having served in Europe, the Far East and Washington D.C. He obtained his bachelor’s degree and commission while attending the University of Illinois. He also holds a master’s degree from the Florida Institute of Technology and is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.
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Senior Manager, External and Government Affairs, Electric Power Research Institute
Ms. Dennis is Senior Manager of Government & External Relations Representative for the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). Located in EPRI’s Washington, DC office, Ms. Dennis serves as liaison between EPRI Executive Management and Congress; the Administration; federal agencies; national energy trade associations; national leadership of the state public utility commissions, state legislators, regulators, and governors; and the Washington energy community.
Ms. Dennis joined EPRI in May 2015 after serving for over three years as Manager of State Government Affairs for the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA). At NEMA, Ms. Dennis was responsible for directing the operations and government relations needs for one of NEMA’s Board-level strategic initiatives – promoting safety and innovation through adoption of current building electrical and energy codes at the state-level. In addition, Ms. Dennis advocated for other important issues impacting the electro-manufacturing industry at the state-level, including electric and alternative-fuel vehicles and associated charging infrastructure, electric grid modernization, and energy efficiency. Ms. Dennis was responsible for providing outreach to the national state stakeholder associations, including the National Conference of State Legislatures, Council of State Governments, National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, and National Association of State Energy Officials. She communicated NEMA policy recommendations to state legislators, state public utility commissions, state energy offices, and other state government officials.
Prior to joining NEMA in 2012, Ms. Dennis worked for four years in the policy shop of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners where she was responsible for supporting the Association’s advocacy efforts before Congress, the Administration, and federal agencies (FERC, DOE, FCC, and NRC).
Ms. Dennis earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government from St. Lawrence University and participated in the American University’s Washington Semester Program in Foreign Policy.
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Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank
Jeffrey Diehl serves as Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank. Mr. Diehl has more than 30 years of experience in multinational banking, capital market strategy and public sector finance, according to a news release.
Prior to his role at New York-based Strategic Sovereign Advisors LLC, he held positions at the global bank HSBC Securities, where he served as vice chairman of the U.S. Public Sector, among other roles.
He holds a bachelor’s degree and an MBA from the University of Michigan.
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Director, Office of Strategic Programs, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy
Dr. Robert K. Dixon oversees the Office of Strategic Programs, which directs policy and analysis, international outreach, international activities, communications, and stakeholder engagement, as well as special activities such as Technology-to-Market, the Laboratory Impact Initiative, and the Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative.
Before being named to his current position, Bob served as Deputy Director of Strategic Programs. He re-joined EERE in 2015 after serving as a team leader at the Global Environment Facility of the World Bank Group for seven years. Before that, he was a Senior Coordinator at the White House Task Force on Energy Security and Climate Change, responsible for the major economies climate change negotiation process and for contributing to the 2007 Energy Security Act.
Prior to that position, he led the Energy Technology Policy Division of the International Energy Agency in Paris. Together with other colleagues from the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, he was a co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007.
His background also includes serving at the White House Council on Environmental Quality, as well as a host of high-level positions in energy-related organizations and within the U.S. Department of Energy, Environmental Protection Agency, Department of State, and the Agency for International Development. In 2004, the U.S. President honored Bob with the Senior Executive Service Gold Award for his service to the nation.
He has also served in a variety of senior U.S. diplomatic assignments and lived in over a dozen countries during his career. Prior to public service, Bob was employed as biochemist by Allied Chemical. He is the co-author of two U.S. patents and has authored more than a dozen books and over 125 scholarly journal articles on energy and environment science and policy topics.
He earned bachelor and master's degrees and a Ph.D. from the University of Missouri at Columbia. He was a tenured faculty member at the University of Minnesota and Auburn University and served as a visiting professor at Oxford University, Humboldt University in Germany, Delhi University in India, and Kasetsart University in Thailand. He currently lectures at American University, Johns Hopkins, Columbia, and Georgetown Universities and volunteers for numerous scientific and philanthropic organizations.
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Program Manager, State, Local, Tribal and Territorial Energy Assurance, Infrastructure Security and, Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability
Matthew Duncan serves as the Program Manager of the State, Local, Tribal, & Territorial (SLTT) Energy Assurance Program inside the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Electricity Delivery & Energy Reliability (OE). His work on SLTT Energy Assurance focuses on building stronger relationships with states and local communities, and improving the resilience of the energy sector. Prior to his arrival at DOE, Mr. Duncan deployed for two years as a civilian at the Helmand Provincial Reconstruction Team in Afghanistan with the U.S. Department of State and held positions at the Department of Defense and the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Philadelphia. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from St. Joseph’s University, and a M.A. in International Relations from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.
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BioEnergy Analyst, Wisconsin Energy Office
Clint Fandrich serves as a BioEnergy Analyst at the Wisconsin Energy Office. He is a graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he studied Renewable Energy development in Latin America and other emerging economies.
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Deputy Director of the Energy Efficiency Division, Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources
Ian Finlayson is the Deputy Director of the Energy Efficiency Division within the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources. His portfolio covers work on the Massachusetts 3-year energy efficiency plans, the Massachusetts clean energy and climate plan for 2020. Specific projects include development of the Massachusetts building energy code, and building energy asset rating and efficiency pilots. Prior to joining state government, Ian worked for a large US affordable housing developer, was a consultant to the United Nations and taught in Japan. He holds degrees from Edinburgh University and MIT.
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Executive Director, Grover Fugate, Executive Director, Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council
Grover Fugate is Executive Director of the Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management
Council (CRMC). In his role of nearly 31 years, Fugate has been responsible for overseeing the development of all policies and programs for the state’s coastal program. He currently is the project manager the Council’s new Shoreline Change Special Area Management Plan(SAMP) which is a forward looking plan at how climate change is impacting Rhode Islands shoreline and developing appropriate responses to this threat and protecting the state’s coastal infrastructure
Due to his leadership with the Ocean SAMP project and other coastal planning efforts, Fugate has earned several significant awards, including the prestigious 2010 Susan Snow-Cotter Award for Excellence in Ocean and Coastal Resource Management from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). He is also the recipient of the 2010 Regional Sea Grant Outstanding Outreach Award, the 2008 Coastal America Award for Habitat Restoration, and the 2008 Rhode Island Sea Grant Lifetime Achievement Award.
In addition to his duties as Executive Director, he also serves as the state Co-Lead to the Ocean Planning initiative for the Northeast Regional Ocean Council and is also the state Co-Lead for the Regional Planning Body established under President Obama’s Executive Order on the National Ocean Policy. Fugate is the author of academic journal articles on coastal and natural resources management issues and is adjunct faculty at the University of Rhode Island in the Marine Affairs program. He is also a guest lecturer at Roger Williams University Law School on Coastal and Marine Law.
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Director, Office of Weatherization and Intergovernmental Programs, U.S. Department of Energy
Anna Garcia is the Director of the Weatherization and Intergovernmental Programs Office in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) at the Department of Energy (DOE). She provides leadership to maximize the benefits of energy efficiency and renewable energy through technology deployment, accessing new partnerships and resources, and communications and outreach activities.
Previously, Ms. Garcia served as Executive Director of the Ozone Transport Commission, the organization of 12 states and the District of Columbia created by Congress in 1990 to assess and coordinate the development of policies to reduce regional ground-level ozone or "smog" in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states. Before joining the Commission, she was Director of Operations and State Programs for the Center for Energy and Climate Solutions, a non-profit that is a division of the Global Environment and Technology Foundation. She provided unique environmental and energy expertise through creating partnerships with and among state agencies to design multi-pollutant strategies that have both environmental and economic benefits.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Princeton University and an Executive Master of Business Administration from the George Washington University.
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General Counsel, National Association of State Energy Officials
Jeffrey C. Genzer joined Duncan, Weinberg, Genzer & Pembroke, P.C. in 1985. His practice has concentrated on energy and environmental counseling and litigation. He has worked on electric and natural gas ratemaking, energy project development, bulk power supply, transmission system issues, contract negotiation, franchise and municipalization issues, alternative energy sources, conservation and energy efficiency programs, including demand-side management and integrated resource planning programs.
In the environment area he has been involved especially in Clean Air Act and Toxic Substances Control Act issues and all phases of environmental reviews for energy projects.
He has appeared before a variety of federal agencies and state and federal courts, including the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and a variety of state commissions, agencies and courts. He also has an active federal legislative practice. He has worked with a number of local and state governments throughout the United States from New York to Hawaii. Mr. Genzer presently serves as General Counsel to the National Association of State Energy Officials, the National Association of Energy Service Companies, the National Energy Assistance Directors' Association and the Energy Programs Consortium. He has spoken on numerous occasions, especially on federal legislative activities, energy, environmental and utility issues.
Prior to entering law school, Mr. Genzer served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Micronesia. He worked on a number of development projects and served as the first energy planner in the region. Mr. Genzer supervised, planned, and constructed numerous water systems and other construction projects. He also prepared legislation and successful grant proposals. While in law school, Mr. Genzer was employed at the National Consumer Law Center.
He monitored legislative and regulatory activities and wrote legal and policy memoranda in the field of energy law. After his second year of law school, Mr. Genzer clerked for Duncan, Weinberg, Genzer & Pembroke, P.C. Prior to returning to the firm, he served as Staff Counsel to the Committee on Energy and Environment of the National Governors' Association. In that role he drafted legislation in the energy and environmental area, and served as the chief energy lobbyist for the Association. He provided legal analysis for the Governors on such issues as electric utility regulation, nuclear waste, oil overcharge refunds, toxic victims compensation, and natural gas regulation and a variety of environmental issues. Mr. Genzer also coordinated the activities of the state energy offices. His practice is focused on energy, environmental, utility and legislative matters.
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Northeast Regional Manager, Center for Sustainable Energy
Elizabeth (Betsy) Glynn is the Northeast Regional Manager at the Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE), which has a mission to accelerate the transition to a sustainable world powered by clean energy. Based in Boston, she serves as the organization’s regional lead. Betsy is appointed as a voting member of the Massachusetts Energy Efficiency Advisory Council, representing residential consumers.
Previously, Ms. Glynn was Senior Program Officer at the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) in Massachusetts, where she operated the Green Retrofit Initiative to help owners of affordable housing get the financial and building science resources they need to implement energy and water savings retrofits in their buildings. Her other experience includes asset management at Boston Financial Investment Management, housing development and homelessness prevention programming through work with community development corporations and the City of Somerville, MA, and global stakeholder coordination for the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program. Ms. Glynn holds a master’s degree in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning from Tufts University and a bachelor’s degree in Geosciences from Franklin & Marshall College.
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Alli Gold Roberts
Manager, Policy Program, Ceres
Alli Gold Roberts manages state level policy outreach on climate and energy policies with investors and businesses. Alli works on the Investor Network on Climate Risk (INCR) policy project and is a member of the Business for Innovative Climate and Energy Policy (BICEP) project team.
Prior to joining Ceres, she worked at the MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change supporting media relations, stakeholder engagement, publications, and online communications. She previously worked as the New and Digital Media Director for the 2012 reelection campaign of Congresswoman Niki Tsongas. Before moving to the Boston area, she worked at the U.S Environmental Protection Agency as an Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education fellow in the Office of Wetlands, Oceans, and Watersheds.
She has a B.A. in Political Science and a certificate in Advanced Leadership Studies from American University in Washington, DC.
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Commissioner, Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources
Carol Grant serves as Commissioner for the Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources (OER), with more than 20 years of experience in operations, strategic human resources, policy, law, and communications. Most recently, she served in leadership roles at two different renewable energy companies.
As OER Commissioner, Ms. Grant leads policy and planning for Rhode Island's nationally-recognized clean energy programs, and ensures Rhode Island continues to excel in energy efficiency innovation. She also addresses the challenges of affordability, resiliency, grid modernization, and system integration.
Ms. Grant holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Missouri and a Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan.
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Former Deputy Commissioner, New York State Energy Office
Chuck Guinn's thirty-two years of experience in New York State government included being a member of the management team that founded the New York State Energy Office in 1976. Mr. Guinn was closely involved in the development of the various Energy Office Programs and became Deputy Commissioner in1980-1995. He served as the staff manager for the various New York State Energy Plan processes thus leading a broad interagency team developing policy and programs. Duties included representing New York in many National Governors Association energy task forces, representing New York in many regional and international working groups and working with local governments on program development. He was Chair of the State Energy Advisory Board to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy.
In 1995 Mr. Guinn founded Strategic Guidance Associates to serve clients in the energy, environment and transportation fields. He served as an advisor to the World Bank on energy efficiency programs in emerging markets especially China and Brazil. This assignment covered over 10 years and 25 World Bank missions. Notable achievement of this activity was the successful introduction and development of energy performance contracting and energy service companies in China. Mr. Guinn is serving as the Advisor of the Coalition of Northeast Governors on energy policy and programs. He has worked with a number of states on program development activities.
His academic credentials include a BS in civil engineering from the Pennsylvania State University and a MS in civil engineering from Northwestern University. His honors include Sigma XI--National Science and Tau Beta Pi--National Engineering.
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Manager,, ICF International
Charlie Haack is a consultant with ICF International, where he works on residential energy efficiency policy development, energy code development , and utility energy efficiency program implementation. Charlie has provided technical programmatic support for the U.S. EPA’s ENERGY STAR Certified Homes program since 2010. Prior to joining ICF International, Mr. Haack served as ASHRAE’s public policy intern in Washington, DC. Charlie is a BPI certified Building Analyst and LEED accredited professional.
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Public Sector Program Manager, U.S. Environmental Agency ENERGY STAR
Brendan Hall is a Public Sector Program Manager at EPA ENERGY STAR, focused on working with state and local governments on voluntary initiatives, the multifamily housing sector, and the higher education sector to improve commercial building energy efficiency. Mr. Hall started in his current role in March 2016, before that working for the City of Ann Arbor in Michigan to support community-facing renewable energy and energy efficiency projects. He graduated from University of Michigan in 2015 with a Master’s of Science in Environmental Policy and a Master’s of Public Policy.
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Deputy Director, Low Impact Hydropower Institute
Dana Hall, Esq., is the Deputy Director of the Low Impact Hydropower Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to expanding hydropower’s participation in green markets through the certification of hydroelectric facilities that protect aquatic ecosystems and cultural and recreational resources. With experience as an energy policy analyst and educator, tracking energy policy developments at the state regional and national level, Ms. Hall has worked on a range of projects related to renewable energy, distribution resource planning, standby rates, demand response, and energy efficiency, particularly affecting the solar, combined heat and power, hydroelectric generation and building industries. Ms. Hall has a J.D. from Pace University School of Law, a Master of Arts in Environmental Conservation Education from NY University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Music from The Ohio State University.
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Commercial Buildings Integration Program Manager, Building Technologies Office, U.S. Department of Energy
Jason Hartke is a Program Manager for the Commercial Buildings Integration (CBI) program at DOE. He leads a dynamic team working to identify and develop strategies and technologies to dramatically reduce energy consumption in commercial buildings. Before joining DOE, Jason spent nearly a decade as a senior executive at the U.S. Green Building Council. He also served in the Clinton Administration, working in the West Wing of the White House in the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs.
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Regulatory Policy Specialist, Xcel Energy
Holly Hinman serves as Regulatory Policy Specialist in the Regulatory Affairs department of Northern States Power Company, an operating company of Xcel Energy. In her role, she facilitates Company regulatory filings for matters including customer renewable programs. Ms. Hinman has been with Xcel Energy since 2013. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota and a Juris Doctor from William Mitchell College of Law in Saint Paul, Minnesota.
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Consultant, National Association of State Energy Officials
Ruth Horton currently serves as a Consultant for the National Association of State Energy Officials. Prior to this, she was a Senior Advisor for Strategic Initiatives for the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. Her focus was on market development aspects of energy efficiency and alternative fuels for the commercial/industrial sector including efforts to encourage the supply chain to offer efficient products and services to their customers. Ms. Horton holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the State University of New York at Albany.
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Senior Director, Government Relations and Strategic Initiatives, National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)
Patrick Hughes is Senior Director of Government Relations and Strategic Initiatives at the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA). Mr. Hughes is the principal lead for NEMA's legislative and regulatory government relations work on grid modernization, high-performance buildings, energy storage systems, electric vehicles, and more. He also leads NEMA's Strategic Initiatives program—an idea incubator and accelerator that establishes short-term, innovative programs and projects to prepare NEMA members for emerging opportunities and technologies, including smart cities, Internet of Things, high-performance buildings, and the energy-water nexus.
Before joining NEMA, Mr. Hughes was a Senior Associate at the Energy Future Coalition, an initiative of the United Nations Foundation, where he focused on developing new methods to increase the energy efficiency of the commercial building stock in the United States, as well as advocating for policies that encourage the build-out of the electric grid to interconnect remote renewable energy resources. Prior to that, he worked in the office of Congresswoman Grace F. Napolitano (D-California). He has a M.S. in Energy Policy and Climate Science from Johns Hopkins University and received B.A. degrees in Political Science and Spanish from the University of Rochester.
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Director, Regional/National Response Division, Michigan Agency for Energy
Robert Jackson is a chemical engineer with over 20 years of industrial energy efficiency and environmental engineering experience. Mr. Jackson is currently the Director of the Michigan Agency for Energy. He is directly responsible for the state of Michigan’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Revolving Loan Program, and the State Energy Program’s Clean Energy Advanced Manufacturing, Technology Demonstration and Deployment Programs, and Agricultural Energy Programs.
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Vice President for Market Expansion and Policy, Renovate America
Jewel James leads the team responsible for shaping Renovate America’s policy agenda as well as its process for evaluating and capitalizing on new market opportunities. Previously, Ms. James served as Special Assistant to the President and Deputy Director of Intergovernmental Affairs at the White House, where she was responsible for advancing the President’s policy agenda throughout the country. Later promoted to Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Engagement, she galvanized state and local elected officials, business leaders, academics, advocacy organizations and other stakeholders to build support for the most ambitious trade agenda in a generation. Prior to this, she led former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick’s Washington office where she advised on federal legislation and policy, as well as secured over $1 billion in new federal investments to support the Governor’s priorities. Ms. James received her undergraduate degree from Howard University and a Master of Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
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Consultant, International Code Council
David Karmol is currently a consultant to the International Code Council dealing with Federal regulatory affairs. He previously was Vice President for Federal Affairs, with responsibility for managing the Council’s relationships with Congress, Federal agencies and outside organizations. He helped draft provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 that relate to energy efficiency and building codes.
Prior to joining the Code Council, Mr. Karmol was the U.S. Department of Commerce Standards Advisor to Iraq, stationed at U.S. Embassy Baghdad, detailed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).
He previously served as Vice President, Public Policy and Government Affairs at the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and has been appointed to positions in the federal government, both in the Congress and in the Executive Branch. He was formerly an elected member of the Ohio State Legislature.
Mr. Karmol is an attorney, licensed to practice law in Ohio, Virginia and the District of Columbia.
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Former Chief Technology Officer, Hawaii Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism
Maurice Kaya joined Energy Excelerator team in 2008. Mr. Kaya has over 35 years of experience in energy and environmental engineering in Hawaii’s public and private sectors.
Mr. Kaya served as the director of the State of Hawaii’s energy program [1988-2008], and was also appointed Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for the Hawaii Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT) [2003-2008]. As energy program director and CTO, he was responsible for the planning and execution of state energy policy and projects. Mr. Kaya also developed a comprehensive energy policy strategy for the State of Hawaii, which was implemented first through Energy for Tomorrow and is now part of the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative, a partnership between the State and the U.S. Department of Energy that he helped conceive and launch.
He has served on numerous boards dealing with energy and high technology development. He currently serves as a board member of Energy Industries and the U.S. DOE Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technical Advisory Committee, as well as co-chair of the Hawaii EPSCoR Statewide Committee. Previously, he served as the Chairman of the State Energy Advisory Board to the Secretary of Energy, U.S. DOE, and on the boards of the National Association of State Energy Officials, the Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority, and the High Technology Development Corporation. He also served as the Chairman of the Emerging Energy Technologies technical committee, Energy Division, American Society of Civil Engineers.
Mr. Kaya’s prior positions include Vice President and Chief Engineer of a major civil engineering firm in Honolulu, the Deputy Director and Chief Engineer for the City and County of Honolulu, and the Director of Facilities Planning and Engineering, US Navy Public Works Center, Pearl Harbor.
Mr. Kaya received his B.S. in Civil Engineering and M.S. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
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Chief Program Development, Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources
Chris Kearns is a Chief of Program Development at the Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources, where he is the Legislative Liaison and works on a variety of energy legislation during the state’s legislative session. Mr. Kearns is also involved in the state’s implementation of renewable energy policies and programs, including the state and federal offshore wind projects. Prior to joining the Office of Energy Resources, he worked for Governor Lincoln D. Chafee as the Governor’s Energy, Environment and Transportation Policy and Legislative Analyst. He also worked at Alteris Renewables where he worked on developing wind and solar projects and served as the company’s Government Affairs Manager for the New England region. Mr. Kearns graduated from the University of Rhode Island, with a bachelor degree in Environmental and Economic Management in 2008.
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Chief of Staff, U.S. Department of Energy
Kevin Knobloch has more than 37 years of experience in public policy, government, advocacy and media. He serves as Chief of Staff at the U.S. Department of Energy where he directs the Office of the Secretary and helps oversee the federal agency’s $30 billion budget and 115,000-person workforce. Prior to joining the Department of Energy he was the President of the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) for ten years, leading the science-based organization's strategic, analytical, legislative, and policy functions. Earlier in his career, Kevin was legislative director for arms control and national security for UCS in its Washington office. In the 1980s, he served as Legislative Director to U.S. Senator Tim Wirth (starting in the U.S. House in 1985 and moving with him to the Senate in 1986) and legislative assistant to U.S. Representative Ted Weiss of New York. Mr. Knobloch began his career as a newspaper journalist for several publications in Massachusetts, including The Berkshire Eagle in Pittsfield, MA. He holds a Bachelors of Arts from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
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Local Energy Programs Manager, Wisconsin State Energy Office
A graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Megan Levy has spent a decade working with building energy efficiency both in the low-income weatherization program and with the Wisconsin State Energy Office. Ms. Levy also oversees the Energy Independent Communities program in Wisconsin, which counts more than 140 communities as members.
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Deputy Director, Energy and Recycling Office, Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity
Marion “Molly” Lunn is the Deputy Director for Energy & Recycling, at the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity. In this capacity, she oversees statewide programs and planning initiatives that save energy, generate clean and reliable electricity, promote sustainable transportation, and reduce waste – all while driving economic development and job creation. Before joining the State, Ms. Lunn was with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, and has also previously served at the White House Council on Environmental Quality and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. She received an MPA from Columbia University and a BA from Emory University, and was a Presidential Management Fellow.
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Director of Policy, Division of Energy, Missouri Department of Economic Development
Kristy Manning is the Director for the Division of Energy at the Missouri Department of Economic Development. The Division assists, educates and encourages Missourians to advance the efficient use of diverse energy resources to drive economic growth and achieve greater energy security for future generations. In addition to implementing Missouri's Comprehensive State Energy Plan, the Division works with Missouri utilities collaboratively and in regulatory proceedings. Ms. Manning has nearly fifteen years of experience working with state agencies, stakeholders, policy makers, advocates to develop and implement policies and legislation. She is a co-chair of the NASEO Affiliates’ State Energy Planning Taskforce and serves as the Governor’s Energy Advisor to the National Governor’s Association. Prior to joining the Division, Ms. Manning served as a Deputy Legislative Director in the Governor's Office and a Legislative Aide in the Missouri Senate.
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President, Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association
Morry Markowitz has been the President of the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association for five years. Utilizing his extensive government relations and communications background, he leads the association’s outreach efforts both in our nation’s capital and across the country. Morry has wide-ranging expertise in the energy and automotive fields, as well as over twenty years of senior-level association management experience.
Prior to coming to the FCHEA, he was the Group Director of External Affairs at the Edison Electric Institute (EEI). Before his work at EEI, he was the Vice President of Public Affairs with the Association of International Automobile Manufacturers. Mr. Markowitz has worked on Capitol Hill, as well as the Executive Branch of government. He is a graduate of George Washington University and has a law degree from George Mason University School of Law.
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Senior Code Compliance Specialist, Institute for Market Transformation
Ryan Meres serves as a Senior Code Compliance Specialist at the Institute for Market Transformation (IMT). He has 10 years of experience in energy efficiency and building energy codes and has published more than a dozen case studies, reports and resources on energy code compliance.
Mr. Meres is currently leading a U.S. Department of Energy-funded Residential Energy Code Field Study in Alabama to understand the current state of energy code compliance and implement strategies for improvement. As part of the City Energy Project, he is also leading the implementation of code compliance assessment and improvement programs in six major U.S. cities.
Prior to joining IMT, Mr. Meres was an ICC Fellow at the U.S. Department of Energy, Building Energy Codes Program. He also worked at the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) as a Building Codes Consultant where he led the adoption and implementation of statewide energy and green building codes.
He is a former HERS Rater and served as an EarthCraft House Technical Advisor at the Southface Energy Institute, conducting insulation and air sealing inspections and building envelope and duct leakage testing for builders. He is a LEED Accredited Professional, an ICC Certified Residential Energy Inspector/Plans Examiner and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture from the Savannah College of Art and Design.
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Chief Scientist, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association
Craig Miller has thirty years of very diverse experience in the development and commercialization and advanced technology. He holds a Ph.D. in Energy Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia. He work in energy began with the National Energy Plan, including extensive work on energy systems in developing countries, and continues with his management of a $68 million smart grid technology project spanning 10 states. As with any modern engineering, much of his work addressed the software side of the technology. In 1997 he was awarded a gold medal by the Smithsonian Institution for “heroic achievement in the advancement of information technology.” Cyber Security has been a critical element in his work for more than 20 years. His most recent work has focused on development of guidance for co-ops to develop cyber security plans centered on a strategy for continuous improvement. He has served as the CTO of several companies, both publicly traded and private, and a Chief Scientist of a multi-billion dollar integration firm. He is an accomplished inventor and entrepreneur, with experience in several successful startups.
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Director, Technology Assessment Division, Louisiana Department of Natural Resources
Paul Miller joined the Department of Natural Resources in September 2013 as the head of the State Energy Office. In this role, he directs the state efforts to promote energy efficiency, renewable energy, and to ensure an adequate supply of affordable energy for Louisiana’s citizens.
Prior to joining DNR, he served at the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality as an Assistant Secretary for the Office of Environmental Assessment, and later as the Assistant Secretary for the Office of Environmental Compliance. For over 5 years Mr. Miller served as the Governor's LDEQ representative on the Coastal Protection & Restoration Authority and the Louisiana Groundwater Commission.
He also served as the LDEQ Secretary’s Special Assistant and in that role managed the DEQ response to proposed federal regulations most notably, new EPA air quality regulations. He also handled other multi-media environmental issues that arose which affected multiple Offices within the Department.
Mr. Miller worked for over 20 years in the private sector where he gained significant experience in all environmental media serving as consultant, Corporate Environmental Manager, and Policy Director. Over 10 of those years were at an Investor Owned Utility in Louisiana.
Mr. Miller has B.S. in Civil Engineering from Louisiana Tech University and is a Professional Engineer in Louisiana.
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Former Director, Maryland Energy Office
Donald Milsten was Director of the Maryland Energy Office/Maryland Energy Administration for 19 years. He was Chairman of the Board of the Southern Solar Energy Center, a founder of the National Association of State Energy Officials and worked closely with the U.S. Department of Energy on energy security and the availability of reliable data for states.
As principal of the State Service Program he assisted states with energy project delivery. He conducted energy efficiency, management and data training and developed energy security plans for over 25 states and local governments. He also assisted several jurisdictions with comprehensive energy planning.
Mr. Milsten drafted and edited early NASEO-DOE State Energy Assurance Guidelines, working closely the DOE Office of Electric Delivery and Energy Reliability. He also worked with private sector entities including AES, Sypher:Mueller, Edwards and Kelcey. EcoLogic Group, SAIC and is now associated with Glen Echo Arts and Analytics.
Mr. Milsten earned his BA from Cornell University and advanced degrees from the University of Michigan. He was among the founding faculty of the University of Maryland Baltimore County, served in the United State Naval Reserve with activity duty in the Pacific and is a member of the USS Saint Paul Association and Trout Unlimited.
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Louise (Lou) Moore
Former Chief, Energy and Pollution Prevention Bureau, Montana Department of Environmental Quality
Louise M. Moore has a B.S. Degree from Montana State University. She has worked in the fields of energy conservation, pollution prevention and environmental protection for the past 25 years. Much of her career was with the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation where she managed information and incentive based programs for builders and architects on home design and construction; grant and loan programs to develop renewable energy resources; and programs to renovate schools, hospitals and state government buildings. In 1997, Moore became the Chief of the Pollution Prevention Bureau at the Department of Environmental Quality. She was responsible for a diverse group of multi media programs generally aimed at protecting water resources and reducing the toxicity and volume of wastes and emissions generated from a variety of different sources. Those programs included wetland protection, the source water protection of public drinking water supplies, small business assistance, biomass energy and source reduction and recycling market development programs. In 2004 Moore became the Chief of the newly formed Air, Energy, and Pollution Prevention Bureau at the Department of Environmental Quality. Her responsibilities included oversight of air quality monitoring for Montana, oversight of energy conservation, and oversight of renewable energy.
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Deputy Commissioner, Energy Policy, Planning, and Analysis, Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources
Joanne Morin serves as Deputy Commissioner of Policy, Planning and Analysis for the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources in support of Baker-Polito Administration’s plan to create a clean, affordable, and resilient energy future for the Commonwealth. She is responsible for directing the policy research and analyses for the Commissioner’s consideration related to energy efficiency, renewable energy, green communities and emerging technologies, and coordinates with other agencies in order to assure synergy in understanding and reaching DOER’s goals. She supports the Department’s efforts and initiatives to meet the Global Warming Solution Act’s goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 25 percent below statewide 1990 GHG emission levels by 2020, and 80 percent below statewide 1990 GHG emission levels by 2050. She has worked as an environmental consultant and as a corporate environmental, health and safety manager for The Timberland Company where she dealt with, among other things, environmental and labor standards in overseas manufacturing facilities. She served in numerous positions in NH’s Department of Environmental Services Air Resources Division where she focused primarily on energy and climate issues and headed up the Governor’s Office of Energy and Planning for three years.
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Director, Manufacturing Initiative, Greentown Labs
Micaelah is the Director of the Manufacturing Initiative for Greentown Labs, the largest clean tech incubator in the Northeast, Micaelah has developed a unique program to connect start-ups and manufacturers to help promote local commercialization and relationship building. Prior positions include: staff at Project Bread's Walk for Hunger, the offices of State Senator Robert O'Leary and State Senator Dan Wolf where she held roles ranging from Scheduler to Chief of Staff, and as a consultant for Berkshire Health Systems.
Micaelah received her BA from Umass Amherst & has a Master's in Urban & Environmental Policy & Planning from Tufts University. She sits on the boards of the Political Science Advisory Board at Umass Amherst, the Center for EcoTechnology (CET), and serves as Co-Chair for the Umass Women Into Leadership (UWiL) program at Umass Amherst. She splits her time between Boston and Pittsfield with her husband, and loves Ben & Jerry's ice cream,
traveling & the New England Patriots.
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Former President and Chief Executive Officer, New York State Energy and Development Authority
Francis J. Murray, Jr. served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) from January 2009 through September 2013.
Prior to his appointment, Mr. Murray served as Senior Advisor at the international environmental consulting firm Ecology and Environment, Inc., where he provided strategic policy and market development guidance on environmental and energy issues to a number of private sector and not-for-profit clients. Mr. Murray also represented the Pace Energy and Climate Center and the Natural Resources Defense Council in the New York Public Service Commission proceeding to establish an energy efficiency portfolio standard program.
From 1996 to 1997, Mr. Murray was policy advisor to the United States Secretary of Energy, assisting in the development of the Clinton Administration’s national energy policy.
Mr. Murray served from 1992 to 1994 as the New York State Commissioner of Energy and Chairman of the NYSERDA Board of Directors, then a statutory function of the State Energy Commissioner. At that time, he also served as Chairman of the State Energy Planning Board, a multi-agency statutory board charged with the responsibility of developing a comprehensive, integrated energy plan for the State that integrated State energy, environmental and economic development policies.
In 1985, Mr. Murray was appointed Deputy Secretary to the Governor for Energy and the Environment, a position he held until 1992. He served from 1983 to 1985 as Assistant Secretary for Energy and the Environment in the administration of New York State Governor Mario M. Cuomo. He represented New York in numerous national and regional energy and environmental activities, including the Coalition of Northeastern Governors, the National Governors’ Association, and the Council of Great Lakes Governors. Mr. Murray began his work on New York State energy issues as legislative counsel and then as an energy and environmental policy advisor to Governor Hugh Carey from 1977 to 1982. He began his career in public service as a legislative assistant to Congressman James V. Stanton (D-Ohio).
Mr. Murray serves on the board of numerous not-for-profit organizations, including the Alliance to Save Energy, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), the National Association of State Energy Officials, the Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnership, the New York State Smart Grid Consortium (Vice Chair), and the New York Battery and Energy Storage (NY-BEST) Consortium.
Mr. Murray received his Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service cum laude from the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, and his Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center.
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Acting Director, Buildings Technologies Office, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy
David Nemtzow was named as the Building Technologies Office Acting Director of the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) after previously serving as the team's Senior Strategist.
He brings to EERE more than three decades of experience in the industry, including running a large state government energy and water department, a prominent bi-partisan non-profit energy efficiency association, and an energy consulting practice.
Before serving in his current role, he was Director-General (CEO) of the Department of Energy, Utilities, and Sustainability for New South Wales?Australia's most populous state?where he played a central role in the State's electricity, greenhouse, energy, and water strategies and policies.
He also served as President of the Alliance to Save Energy, a Washington, D.C.-based association of industry, government, utility, consumer, and environmental executives that promotes investment in energy efficiency. In addition, he has been a member of the executive committee of a distributed energy storage startup company, an independent energy consultant, and a senior congressional energy staff member.
He has served on numerous governmental advisory committees and the boards of energy associations and organizations. He has published and speaks regularly in the field.
He earned a master's degree from Harvard University in public policy and a bachelor's from Brown University in environmental policy.
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Director, Residential Programs, Connecticut Green Bank
Kerry has responsibility for all single family and multifamily financing programs at the Green Bank.
With over 25 years of increasingly senior roles in strategy, marketing and operations, Kerry has executive management experience in sectors as diverse as financial services, business outsourcing, direct marketing and educational services.
Prior to joining the Green Bank as Director of Residential Programs in 2013, Kerry was Senior Advisor at the Clean Energy Finance Center, a non-profit organization which she co-founded. The center developed innovative approaches to attract greater private and public sector capital to finance large-scale energy efficiency and renewable energy initiatives. Kerry also co-founded Earth Markets, a consulting firm that developed and managed community-based social marketing programs to accelerate demand for energy efficiency. Earth Markets was the program manager for the Connecticut Neighbor to Neighbor Energy Challenge, an innovative 14-town residential efficiency program funded by a $4.2MM grant from the US DOE BetterBuildings program. Prior to that, Kerry was EVP of Transaction Management, Product Development and Strategy at Clayton Holdings, an industry-leading provider of credit risk analytics and due diligence services in the mortgage-backed securitization market.
Kerry earned a BS in computer science and engineering from MIT and a master’s degree from NYU Tisch School of the Art’s Interactive Telecommunications Program.
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Senior Fellow in Electricity Law, Harvard Environmental Policy Initiative, Harvard Law School
Ari Peskoe is the Senior Fellow in Electricity Law at the Harvard Law School Environmental Law Program Policy Initiative. He has written extensively about electricity regulation, on issues ranging from electric vehicles to Constitutional challenges to states’ energy laws. Prior to the Policy Initiative, Mr. Peskoe was an associate at a law firm in Washington, D.C. where he litigated before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission about the Western Energy Crisis. Before that, Ari was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ghana and spent two years trying to bring the 2012 Olympics to New York. He received his J.D. from Harvard Law School and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with degrees in electrical engineering and business.
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Treasurer, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
Jeffrey Pitkin was appointed treasurer of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) on January 19, 2001. NYSERDA is a public benefit corporation that advances innovative energy solutions to improve New York State’s economy and environment.
In this position, Mr. Pitkin is responsible for ensuring the timeliness and accuracy of internal and external financial reporting; supporting organizational transparency, accountability, and stewardship; and ensuring effective policies and practices for personnel, computer systems and facility management to support NYSERDA’s objectives. He is also responsible for prudently investing NYSERDA’s funds and for issuing bonds on behalf of New York State’s investor-owned utilities to finance costs eligible for tax-exempt bond financing.
Mr. Pitkin is also the Board-appointed internal control officer, assisting NYSERDA’s management to maintain effective policies and procedures to ensure orderly and efficient operations to meet organizational objectives; prevent fraud, waste and abuse; ensure adherence to laws, regulations and contractual agreements; and maintain reliable financial and management reporting.
Mr. Pitkin was previously a certified public accountant and received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Siena College in New York.
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The Honorable Jack Reed
Member, U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies
The Honorable Jack Reed is a senior United States Senator from Rhode Island, serving since 1997. A member of the Democratic Party, he previously served in the United States House of Representatives for Rhode Island's 2nd congressional district from 1991 to 1997.
Senator Reed graduated from La Salle Academy and the United States Military Academy at West Point, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1971. Following graduation, he spent several years in active duty military service. Reed earned the Ranger Tab and was a paratrooper. He served as a paratrooper in the 2nd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division where he was a Platoon Leader, Company Commander and Battalion Staff Officer.
Senator Reed attended the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, where he received a Masters of Public Policy. He returned to West Point in 1978 as an associate professor in the Department of Social Sciences. He left active duty in 1979 after earning the rank of Captain. However, he would remain a member of the United States Army Reserve until 1991. After leaving active duty, Reed enrolled in Harvard Law School, where he became a member of the Board of Student Advisers. In 1982, he graduated with his Juris Doctor and worked as an associate at the Washington, D.C. office of law firm of Sutherland Asbill & Brennan. Afterwards, he returned to Rhode Island and joined Edwards and Angell, a Providence law firm. He worked with this group until 1990.
Reed was elected as a state senator in 1984 and served three terms.
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Technology-to-Market Advisor, Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, U.S. Department of Energy
Dr. Carlton Reeves is a Technology-to-Market Advisor at the Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E). He is responsible for leading the path to market approach for the Traveler Response Architecture using Novel Signaling for Network Efficiency in Transportation (TRANSNET) program and assists a wide variety of other ARPA-E Tech-to-Market efforts, preparing breakthrough energy technologies for transition from lab to market.
Prior to joining ARPA-E, Mr. Reeves worked with President Obama’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) at the White House Office of Science and Technology (OSTP).
Mr. Reeves has launched several of his own businesses and is a published author. He was also named a University Innovation Fellow, a joint venture between Stanford University’s National Center for Engineering Pathways to Innovation and VentureWell.
He holds a Ph.D from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.
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Technical Executive, Power Distribution and Utilization, Electric Power Research Institute
Bruce Rogers is a Technical Executive in the Distribution research area at the Electric Power Research Institute. His primary responsibilities are to provide overall vision and strategy to EPRI’s distribution research programs and to build support and collaboration within the industry for research to address industry needs. Prior to joining EPRI, Mr. Rogers worked over 35 years in various roles at the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). He was most recently responsible for managing TVA’s strategic research and development activities.
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Executive Director, Coalition for Green Capital
Jeffrey Schub leads CGC’s business development and state-level consulting work. Jeffrey worked in New York in 2013 to develop the New York Green Bank Business Plan, designing product structures and building financial models for the bank. He performs on-going consulting work for the Connecticut Green Bank, providing analysis on the development of residential solar financial offerings. Jeffrey also serves on the Advisory Committee for the Maryland Clean Energy Center’s Green Bank study, and is leading CGC’s engagement with Vermont. Jeffrey also leads CGC’s partnership with the OECD to develop tools and information for nation-state Green Bank development. Jeffrey organized the Green Bank Academy, the first gathering of state officials from a dozen states to learn about Green Bank best practices. Jeffrey serves on the Advisory Board of the Clean Energy Finance Forum, a leading industry periodical. Prior to CGC, Jeffrey was an economic consultant at Analysis Group, focused on technology and innovation. He has worked as a Finance & Strategy Associate at Greenskies Renewable Energy, a solar developer, and as an operations consultant at EnerNOC. Jeffrey has an MBA from the Yale School of Management and BA from Brown University in Economics and Public Policy
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Former Commissioner, Vermont Department of Public Service
Richard Sedano is director of RAP’s U.S. programs. He advises state commissions and other decision-makers, often working with them in workshop settings, on energy efficiency, demand response, renewable energy, pricing, smart grid, transmission, and wholesale electric market issues. Mr. Sedano is also engaged in several projects that address the “power sector of the future.” In December 2012, he was elected to RAP’s board of directors.
Prior to joining RAP in 2001, Mr. Sedano served as commissioner for nine years and held various engineering staff positions with the Vermont Department of Public Service (VDPS). VDPS represents utility consumers in all regulatory matters and acts as the state’s energy office and consumer advocate. He also worked as an engineer in power generation for Philadelphia Electric Company.
In November 2009, Mr. Sedano was awarded the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners’ Mary Kilmarx Award. In September 2011, the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) presented him with an award for his service. Mr. Sedano served as chair of NASEO from 1998-2000. He is a member of the board of directors of Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships and co-chair of its Evaluation, Measurement, and Verification Forum. Mr. Sedano received his bachelor’s in engineering from Brown University and his master’s degree in engineering management from Drexel University.
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Senior Engineer, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Ben Sigrin is a Senior Engineer at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. His work includes financial modeling and analysis, risk and uncertainty modeling, and distributed photovoltaics and consumer decision-making. Prior to this, he was a Research Assistant at theUniversity of Texas - Energy Systems Transformation Group in Austin, TX. He received a B.A. in physics from Grinnell College in Grinnell, IA, and a M.S./M.P.Aff in energy and earth resources/public affairs, from the University of Texas at Austin in Austin, TX.
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Former President and Chief Executive Officer, New York State Energy and Development Authority
Peter Smith serves as the Managing Director for the Climate Change, Energy and the Environment Group for the Pataki-Cahill Group. Smith joined Pataki-Cahill after serving for nearly four years as the President and CEO of the New York State Energy and Development Authority (NYSERDA). Mr. Smith brings more than 30 years of experience in the energy field
While leading NYSERDA, Mr. Smith oversaw a $400 million dollar budget dedicated to research, economic development and deployment of progressive energy programs and technologies throughout the State of New York. Mr. Smith, as President and CEO, helped establish nearly 3,000 energy efficiency, conservation, renewable resource, and economic development and research projects throughout New York State. Mr. Smith also serves on the Boards of the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, the Alliance to Save Energy, and the Public Sustainability Partnership. He is the former chairman of the National Association of State Energy Officials and the former chairman of the Gas Technology Institute Public Interest Advisory Committee.
Mr. Smith has a Masters of Public Administration from the Nelson A. Rockefeller School of Public Affairs and Policy at the University at Albany and a Bachelor of Arts in History from LeMoyne College in Syracuse, New York.
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Director, Climate Protection Partnerships Division, Office of Air and Radiation, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Dr. Carolyn Snyder is currently the Director of U.S. EPA’s Climate Protection Partnerships Division. The Division uses the power of partnerships to remove market barriers for energy efficiency and renewable energy and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, resulting in economic and environmental benefits. The Division’s programs include the EPA’s flagship partnership program, ENERGY STAR, which offers energy efficiency solutions across the residential, commercial and industrial sectors. Other programs include the Green Power Partnership, the Combined Heat and Power Partnership, the Center for Corporate Climate Leadership, and the State and Local Climate and Energy program.
Prior to her current position, Ms. Snyder supported both public and private clients on strategic management and environmental projects at McKinsey & Company. Previously, she served as a White House Fellow in the U.S. Office of Management and Budget working on cross-agency policy and management initiatives for the OMB Director. Before OMB, Carolyn was the Director of the Division of Energy and Climate in the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, where she built and directed the new division and managed a wide range of energy efficiency, renewable energy, greenhouse gas emission reduction, low-income weatherization and emergency planning programs. She also led the development of Delaware’s first climate impacts assessment and adaptation planning process. Prior to Delaware, she spent seven years working on climate science and energy policy at academic institutions around the world. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and Geology from Amherst College, Masters’ Degrees in Environmental Change & Management from Oxford University and Quaternary Science from Cambridge University, and a Doctorate in Environment and Resources from Stanford University.
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Vice President of Market Development, Advanced Energy Economy
Matt Stanberry leads AEE's analytics team and oversees the organization’s engagement at the federal and state levels regarding EPA’s regulation of carbon from the power sector. Mr. Stanberry is an energy expert covering the industry as well as its environmental and public health impacts. Before joining AEE in 2011, he was a management consultant within Navigant’s Energy Practice, focused on renewable energy, energy efficiency, and emerging technology markets, business strategy and implementation. Prior to Navigant, Matt was a consultant for ICF International addressing energy, climate, and other environmental and public health issues.
Mr. Stanberry holds a Bachelors degree from Duke University and a Masters in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University.
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Former Manager, State Energy Office, Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources
Janet Streff is the former manager of the State Energy Office, located in the Minnesota Department of Commerce. In this capacity she directed professional staff with responsibilities for the state's utility conservation program, other state incentive and rebate programs as well as multiple programs funded through the US Department of Energy.
Ms. Streff was appointed by Secretary Chu in November 2009 to chair the State Energy Advisory Board, a board established by Congress in 1991 to advise the US Department of Energy on the implementation of its EERE programs and the deployment of new technologies. She is also a past chair of the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance and sits on the board of MN GreenStar, a residential sustainable building certification organization.
Prior to joining the State Energy Office in1995, she managed commercial construction. She is a certified building official, holds a B.A. from the University of North Dakota and an M.A. (Public Administration) from Hamline University.
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Principal Research Associate, Electricity Markets and Policy Group, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Elizabeth Stuart is a program manager in the Electricity Markets and Policy Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) where she has worked for 7 years. She has been lead or co-author on more than a dozen LBNL reports, policy papers and journal articles. She conducts research on a range of energy efficiency and demand response policy and program issues, and leads stakeholder engagement efforts for eProject Builder, the national ESPC database and tracking system Berkeley Lab developed for DOE. She holds an M.B.A. in Sustainable Management from Presidio Graduate School in San Francisco and a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from the University of Arizona.
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Director, State Energy Conservation Office, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
Dub Taylor is the Director of the State Energy Conservation Office (SECO), which is operated by the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts. Under his direction, SECO helps the state make the most of domestic energy, reduce state and local government energy costs and promote cost-effective clean energy technologies. SECO's mission is to maximize energy efficiency while protecting the environment. Prior to joining SECO in 1999, Taylor’s public sector experience includes six years with the Texas Railroad Commission’s Alternative Fuels Research and Education Division. Taylor's private sector experience was focused in commercial real estate, property appraisal and property tax consulting. He is a native of Dallas and graduate of the University of Texas at Austin.
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Executive Director, National Association of State Energy Officials
David Terry is the Executive Director of the National Association of State Energy Officials and has worked with NASEO in a variety of capacities since 1996. Mr. Terry leads NASEO's programs in support of the nation's 56 State and Territory Energy Offices. The organization communicates the states' views on virtually all national energy issues, including electricity policy, energy efficiency market transformation, renewable energy commercialization and deployment, industrial energy efficiency, energy assurance and reliability, building codes and efficiency, and climate oriented energy programs.
Mr. Terry has 20 years of experience working on a range of energy issues for such organizations as the Association of State Energy Research Institutions, Governors' Biofuels Coalition, National Academy of Sciences, and the U.S. Department of Energy. Prior to working in the energy area, Mr. Terry was a statistical analyst for a market research firm, an analyst with the National Academy of Sciences, and a researcher for The Washington Post. He received a BA degree from Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio, and he has completed graduate coursework in statistics and marketing at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia.
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Senior Advisor, Loan Program Office, U.S. Department of Energy
Nidhi Thakar is a Senior Advisor to the Loan Programs Office at the U.S. Department of Energy. Prior to her current role in the Obama administration, she was Deputy Director of the Public Lands Project at the Center for American Progress, where she specialized in energy and environmental policy, with a focus on public lands and Interior Department matters. Before her tenure at the Center for American Progress, she spent six years in private practice as an associate attorney at Perkins Coie LLP, where she counseled clients on energy and environmental regulations and laws. In this role, she advised clients on the permitting of onshore and offshore renewable energy projects and hydroelectric projects, Western water issues, hydraulic fracturing, and wholesale electric and natural gas proceedings. She also previously served as Legislative Aide to Congresswoman Shelley Berkley (D-NV) on Capitol Hill.
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Former Director, Texas State Energy Office
Carol Tombari has worked on energy efficiency and renewable energy issues for more than 30 years. Most recently she was employed at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado, where she specialized in electric utility and local economic development issues related to deployment of renewable energy technologies. Previously she was president of Mountain Energy Consultation, a small firm whose practice regarded policies and programs to facilitate deployment of energy efficiency and renewable energy. In this capacity, she led three delegations of State Energy Officials to the People’s Republic of China.
As a gubernatorial appointee, Ms. Tombari directed the energy efficiency and renewable energy programs of the State of Texas for a dozen years, working for two governors and serving as an electric utility regulator. She also was natural resources advisor to the Texas Lieutenant Governor and was appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Energy to DOE’s State Energy Advisory Board. In addition, she was appointed by DOE’s Assistant Secretary of Energy to chair a Congressional advisory committee assessing potential roles of public-private partnerships in capitalizing renewable energy ventures. She was a founder of the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) and served in several capacities in that organization.
Ms. Tombari is the author of Power of the People: America’s New Electricity Choices and has received recognition for her achievements, including as the 2009 recipient of the Colorado Renewable Energy Society’s Larson-Notari Award and a recipient of special recognition by the National Association of State Energy Officials in 2011. She was elected to two terms on the Board of the Texas Renewable Energy Industries Alliance, and currently serves as vice president of the Board of Texas ROSE (Ratepayers’ Organization to Save Energy).
Ms. Tombari holds degrees in Geography (Middlebury College) and Public Affairs (University of Texas). She worked in case analysis at the Harvard Graduate School of Business and served in Ethiopia in the U.S. Peace Corps.
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Director of Government and Industry Relations, Centex Corporation
Clayton Traylor is a nationally recognized housing policy expert. He has over twenty years of industry experience in both the private and public sector. He is currently a consultant for Leading Builders of America (LBA) a trade group representing the largest homebuilding companies in North America.
Mr. Traylor began his career in housing with the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) in Washington, DC. When he left NAHB in 2005, he was Senior Staff Vice President responsible for state and local government relations, land development and construction codes and standards.
In 2005, he joined Centex Corporation as Director of Government and Industry Relations. In this capacity, he led Centex’s lobbying activities with emphasis on tax, mortgage lending and stimulus policies. He also developed Centex Energy Advantage, the company’s signature conservation and energy efficiency initiative.
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Senior Planning Analyst, Distributed Resource Integration, Con Edison
Candice Tsay is Senior Planning Analyst in the Distributed Resource Integration department at Con Edison, the team responsible for advancing Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) strategy at Con Edison and implementing new REV initiatives. Her current projects are on two main areas of focus: empowering customers to manage their energy use through innovative rate designs, and unlocking greater value from Distributed Energy Resources (DER) to the grid through advanced technical analysis and policy reform. She has been deeply involved in energy policy analysis and project implementation over the course of her career, including work at the NYC Mayor’s Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability, where she developed climate risk analysis and guided the City of New York’s resiliency planning. She holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from UC Berkeley.
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Barbara Bauman Tyran
Executive Director, Washington and State Relations, Electric Power Research Institute
Barbara Tyran is Executive Director, Washington Relations, in EPRI’s regional office in Washington, D.C. She serves as the principal liaison between EPRI executive management, and Congress, the Administration, the national trade associations, the national leadership of the state public utility commissions, and the Washington energy community. Ms. Tyran joined EPRI in 1998 after serving for several years as Manager of Federal Government Affairs for two electric utilities, Kansas City Power & Light and Empire District Electric Company. Previously, she was the Washington representative for the Detroit Edison Company.
Ms. Tyran holds a B.A. degree with Honors from Stanford University and an M.B.A. from Yale University. The Secretary of Commerce appointed her to the Industry Trade Advisory Committee on Energy and Energy Services, and she has been a member of it since 2005. Ms. Tyran also serves on the Industrial Advisory Board at Lehigh University’s Energy Systems Engineering Institute.
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Director, Indiana Office of Energy Development
Tristan Vance serves as Director of the Indiana Office of Energy Development, where he lead the state’s energy efforts. Mr. Vance was first appointed to lead OED in February of 2012. He previously worked as special assistant to Lt. Governor Skillman starting in 2005 and later joined the Government Efficiency and Financial Planning group in the Office of Management and Budget in 2007. There, he monitored efficiency at several state agencies, including OED. He is from Paoli and is a graduate of Hanover College.
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Director of Transportation Efficiency, Vermont Energy Investment Corporation
As director of VEIC’s Transportation Efficiency group, Jennifer Wallace-Brodeur oversees a staff of consulting professionals and manages the department’s operations. For over 20 years she has successfully led teams to advance program and policy solutions on a range of issues at the national, state and local level. She has extensive experience on active transportation, land use, and mobility issues for older adults.
Prior to joining VEIC, Ms. Wallace-Brodeur led AARP’s national livable communities program, setting organizational strategy, executing programming in states and communities, and developing resources to educate and support local officials to develop age-friendly programs and policies. She pioneered livable communities work as an AARP leader in Vermont, engaging a wide range of stakeholders to advance initiatives to integrate transportation and land use planning, improve mobility for older adults, and promote active transportation.
Ms. Wallace-Brodeur was also a small business owner for 10 years, serving as a public policy and political consultant for national and state clients.
She is active as a community volunteer, currently serving on the Burlington Planning Commission and previously as chair of the Burlington Electric Commission. In 2012 she was appointed to the Governor’s Commission on Successful Aging and served as chair of the livable communities subcommittee. She is a graduate of Bowdoin College and lives in Burlington with her husband and two sons.
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Deputy Director for State and Local Cooperation, Office of Energy Policy and Systems Analysis, U.S. Department of Energy
Dr. Karen Wayland is the Deputy Director for State and Local Cooperation in the Office of Energy Policy and Systems Analysis at DOE. She is a recognized expert in national energy and environmental policy and comes to DOE after two years of providing strategic consulting to business and nonprofit clients.
Dr. Wayland served as a Senior Advisor to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and was named by Roll Call magazine as one of Capitol Hill’s top 10 energy staffers to know. In that role, she worked on comprehensive climate legislation, response to the BP oil spill, and a host of other energy and environmental legislation. She was the Legislative Director at the Natural Resources Defense Council for five years, where she oversaw the 400-person organization’s federal environmental initiatives. During that time she chaired the national environmental community’s climate and energy coalition. Dr. Wayland has also worked in the office of Senator Harry Reid, where she covered energy, nuclear waste, water, and Native American issues as a Congressional Science Fellow.
Additionally, Dr. Wayland has also directed the Earth and Marine Sciences Program at Earthwatch, a nonprofit organization that funds scientific research by recruiting paying volunteers. Dr. Wayland has appeared as a commentator on major TV and radio programs, including CNN, MSNBC, and the Diane Rhem Show. Dr. Wayland received a M.S. from the University of Connecticut and a Dual Ph.D. in the fields of geochemistry and resource development from Michigan State University; her research has focused on environmental geochemistry, watershed management, and hydrologic modeling. She is an environmental scholar at Georgetown University’s Science in the Public Interest, where for six years she taught a seminar on national science policy.
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Executive Director, National Association Regulatory Utility Commissioners
Greg White holds a Master of Public Administration from Grand Valley State University and a Bachelor of Science in Resource Development from Michigan State University. His professional achievements include serving as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the National Regulatory Research Institute, Chairman of the Nuclear Waste Strategy Coalition’s Executive Committee, President of the Board of Directors of the Organization of PJM States, Inc. and he is a lifetime member of the Pi Alpha Alpha National Honor Society for Public Affairs and Administration.
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President and Chief Executive Officer, Propane Education and Research Council (PERC)
Roy Willis is the president and CEO of the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC), a congressionally authorized commodity check-off program. Since 1998, he has led implementation on a multidisciplinary program of research and development, education, safety, and training. PERC programs have touched a variety of industries including fleet vehicle management, landscaping, residential and commercial construction, agriculture, and material handling.
The founding chairman of the Global Technology Network of the World LP Gas Association, Willis served as SVP and acting president of the Independent Petroleum Association of America for seven years. Willis spent 10 years as a senior congressional staffer and four years as an aide in the Louisiana legislature. A U.S. Navy veteran, Willis has also served as chairman of the National Energy Resources Organization and the president of an advertising agency.
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